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Food Lion corporate offices evacuated Tuesday night after smoke detected in building

The Salisbury Fire Department was called to Food Lion corporate offices around 7 p.m. Tuesday after the maintenance staff noticed smoke coming from the ceiling on the third floor, said Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief Tim Hurlocker.

Fire officials said they did not find fire in the ceiling or anywhere else in the building. The smoke dissipated before firefighters arrived. Food Lion officials evacuated the entire building and the warehouse, Hurlocker said.

Firefighters searched the entire building and confirmed the smoke originated in the ceiling but have not determined a cause. The incident is still under investigation, he said.

There were five units from Salisbury City Fire Department called to the scene, one engine from Locke Fire Department as well as a battalion chief and two other chief officers, Hurlocker said.

Firefighters did pull  hoses just in case there was a fire, but did not have to use them.

No injuries were reported. Hurlocker commended the Food Lion staff for safely evacuating the employees.



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